Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Volume 5

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Greg Kofford Books, 2007 - Religion - 670 pages
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"This work, the fifth of a six-volume commentary, presents a startling reinterpretation of Mormon's Gadianton robbers. Mormon, working from a cyclical view of history, applied the same name to groups widely separated by time. In a brilliant matching of setting and text, Gardner reconstructs Mormon's conceptual linking of the Gadiantons in 50 B.C. with the warriors from Teotihuacan, the most fearsome war machine in ancient Central Mexico, who crushed the Nephites at Cumorah four centuries later. This volume also covers the hemisphere's most significant religious event: the resurrected Christ's appearance at Bountiful. Gardner reads the Sermon at the Temple against Matthew's Sermon on the Mount, reconstructing important insights about the cultural milieu of both and Joseph Smith's translation process. Gardner also dismantles the long-held belief that the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl is a folk remembrance of Christ. A close examination of Spanish and pre-Spanish native texts results in his conclusion that LDS hopes of seeing the risen Christ in the image of the feathered serpent reflect the same wishful thinking as the early Spanish fathers and end up in the same unconvincing mismatch of apparently Christian traits imposed on recalcitrant native elements."--Bk. jkt.

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Brant Gardner received a MA in anthropology from the State University of New York, Albany, emphasizing Mesoamerican ethnohistory. He currently works for a privately held software firm. He has published articles on Nahuatl kinship terminology, the Aztec ┐Legend of the Suns,┐ and collaborated on a chapter discussing the linguistic identification of the people called Coxoh in colonial documents. His research into the Mesoamerican setting of the Book of Mormon has led to publications in the FARMS Review of Books and the online Meridian magazine. He has made several presentations to the annual Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research conference and has also presented at the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum and the Sunstone Symposium.

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